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Tuesday, December 19, 2017   /   by Jon Hazeltine

3 Low-Cost Tips to Increase your Home’s Curb Appeal

If you need to sell your current home before buying that adorable bungalow you’ve had your eye on, you have your work cut out for you.
Getting your house ready for the market requires work — cleaning, de-cluttering, repairs and maybe even paint.
Those are just the interior tasks; the exterior may need some attention as well. You’ve no doubt heard about curb appeal – you may even have some ideas on how you might go about adding some to your home to help it sell quicker and for top dollar.
The problem is that when one is not just selling a home but also purchasing another, money can be tight. Read on for t ...

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017   /   by Jon Hazeltine

Building a home? Go green and ensure its future value

In all the excitement of choosing your lot, your appliance package and all the other extras that go into buying a new home, something important may fall through the cracks: your new home’s future resale value. Sure, it seems a bit early to be thinking of selling when you haven’t even moved into the home, but you should be thinking about just that.
Someday you will sell this home. If you think about that now, as you’re customizing it to your specifications, you may just be able to protect its market value. Let’s take a look at ways to incorporate “green” features into your new-construction home – features that buyers clamor after.
What the future has in store
Now, you don’t need a crystal ball to foretell what buyers of the futur ...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017   /   by Jon Hazeltine

3 questions you absolutely, positively must run by your real estate agent

Caution: Taking action on a whim, without consulting your real estate agent, may be hazardous to your real estate transaction and, thus, your pocketbook. All questions, no matter how difficult to ask, or how small they may seem, should be run by your agent.
Let’s take a look at three common scenarios and show you why you need your agent’s counsel.

“We found a brand new house at Delusional Knolls!”
“We don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but we’re pretty sure we’ll be using that nice real estate agent we met at the sales office – is this a good idea?”

Oh, heck no! Sure, it seems convenient – the agent is right there in the new-home community in which you want to buy, so y ...

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Thursday, October 26, 2017   /   by Jon Hazeltine

We don't really have wildfires in Michigan, BUT

When you hear the word "wildfire", likely you picture an image of twenty-foot flames consuming a bone-dry forest in Northern California or burning through the plains of Wyoming. Michigan, with its frequent summer thunderstorms, lakes and luscious green landscape likely doesn't come to mind as an at-risk area. However, the DNR reporsts that approximately 600 wildfires occur in Michigan every year. While that's a small fraction of the amount that effect western states, there are still a few things home owners should be aware of especially during the high season (which is April, May, and June in Michigan). 

Here we've compiled some practical tips for protecting your family and home from the effec ...

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Friday, September 22, 2017   /   by Jon Hazeltine

What are you talking about? Real estate terms explained

Remember that first day on a new job when it sounded as if your colleagues were speaking a different language? Most industries have their own jargon and real estate is no exception. In fact, this industry seems to be the King of Jargon. What’s worse is that those who use it assume that the rest of us know what they’re talking about.
Today we’re going to help you master this language by defining some of the most common terms you’ll hear throughout the process of buying or selling a home. Soon you’ll be slinging this jargon as if you were a real estate pro!
Addendum – This is a document that is attached to and made a part of the original contract. It is typically used to provide clarity on certain parts of the contract. An example of an addendum is the Addendum for Seller’s Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint Hazards as Required by F ...

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